The consistently sweet smell of a succesful actor

Raul Esparza, who stars Jonas Nightingale in the musical “Leap of Faith,” has a cologne    ritual for his plays.

He uses particular colognes to conjure sensory images. “A particular smell puts me in a place so much faster than any intellectual work I could do,” he explained to the New York Times Magazine.

Esparza selects a scent and wears it until the show shutters. He’s been wearing Tom Ford for Men for this role.

For his Tony-nominated role in “Company,” Esparza chose Royal Water by Creed. “It smells like money — expensive, crispy and chilly,” he told the Times magazine. “You inhale it and ummmm, wealth! I saw my character, Bobby, as an advertising executive living in SoHo: extraordinarily successful and an ice-cold human being.”

For those looking to conjure sensory images on a budget, Esparza has also been known to sport Old Spice, because he is drawn to tobacco-y musky smells.

The modern manzere, or is it the bro?

Our friends at recently tackled the age-old question of how to contain man-boobs that was the basis for a classic “Seinfeld” episode. The modern day answer is far removed from the memorable bro versus manzere debate between Kramer and Mr. Costanza.

Q: I am fighting the man-boob battle. What clothes should I be avoiding and which ones should I be wearing?

A: Women have been using shape-wear for years to help smooth lumps and bumps in order to get closer to achieving their ideal figure. For some reason, though, shape-wear for men has virtually remained a secret, despite being readily available. Try starting with a shaping T-shirt as your base layer, like a seamless nylon model from One Flat Jack. It will compress your chest without feeling uncomfortable, leaving you with a slimmer looking physique. Over top, layer a dress shirt that skims your body but has breathing room, and pair it with a single-breasted, dark blazer worn unbuttoned.

Pants: Which Types Are Best For you?

Pants: Which Types Are Best For you?

Most people take pants for granted because after all, they are just trousers and aside from their color and fit, there’s really nothing to choose from. You will be amazed to realize that there are actually different types of pants and choosing the best ones that will fit your body built can make you look more attractive.

Slacks/Dress Pants

If you belong to the ‘hip’ generation then you may have written traditional men’s slacks off a long time ago. Think twice! Not only are they are comfortable because they are usually made of superfine wool and/or blends but they are able to go with any outfit. Have a business meeting at 4pm but meeting a special lady for a cocktail at 6pm? No need to change, your dress pants fit both situations with ease.


The vertically-ribbed corduroys have come a long way, especially the ones with thin ridges. The thicker corduroys are however more comfortable for men during winter if you want to keep warm while looking good. There is a wide array of color choices when it comes to corduroy making these pants a favorite among men of all ages.


If you lead a laid back and comfortable lifestyle then the jeans are a good fit. They are durable and should be part of every man’s fashion wardrobe at any age. While jeans are always made of denim, you can always choose from the variety of colors, washes and even styles. The straight-cut jeans are the most comfortable for men, but there are men who favour the flared ones. Jeans are great for men who feel comfortable wearing sweaters and shirts most of the time. Pair your jeans with a white button-down shirt, and see how the girls react!

There are many other types of pants that will come your way but if you love the good life and looking the part, then these three three are essential additions to your wardrobe.